Saturday, January 30, 2016

from ANC 5E09 Commissioner Dianne Barnes: News to Use

See this 01-29-2016 message from ANC 5E09 Commissioner Dianne Barnes:

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) []
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 10:03 PM
Subject: 5E09 SMD News to Use

Community Awareness:  Please review and share attachments. 

Respectfully Submitted By,

C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner

Friday, January 29, 2016

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 01/31/2016

Multiple units at Beale House Condos will be open 12-2pm at 129 W St NW
The featured property will be open on Sunday from 12pm-2pm at 129 W St NW.  The listing is represented by Steve Swank with Urban Pace.  You can find more information in the link below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  The same info can be seen in a map format here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at bediz dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

new ANC5E 02 commissioner has been certified: Patricia L. Williams

See this newsy tweet about ANC 5E:

3:34 PM - 29 Jan 2016      

ANC 5E02 New Commissioner Certification 2016 01 29 by Scott Roberts

Jair Lynch Phase II Parcel 4 Zoning Commission hearing slated for Thursday, 03-10-2016

From: MAG Chairman []
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 10:31 PM
Subject: MAG: Jair Lynch Phase II Parcel 4 Zoning Commission Hearing: March 10th

This information just received today on the date and time of the Jair Lynch Phase II Parcel 4 Zoning Commission hearing: March 10th, 6:30pm, at the usual Zoning Hearing location.       

We discussed a pre-hearing statement for this same part of the development at our January meeting, and I’ll put this on the agenda for February for any who wish to take this up in any way.  

  - Our February meeting, on February 11th, will be back at the Summit on T St. NE
  (Inspired Teaching School not available to us in February)

- Tuesday,February 2nd at 6pm is the first DDOT Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study, at Trinity U.:

Yu Ying PCS family Happy Hour at Boundary Stone -- Friday, 01-29-2016

See this 01-29-2016 message:

Washington Yu Ying (Mandarin Immersion Public Charter School) is hosting a family Happy Hour on Friday, January 29th, from 6pm - 8pm.  

Boundary Stone has been generous to us in the past (they have kindly donated to our Gala).  It's a great opportunity for the many YY families in the neighborhood to get together (weeks like this really show you how valuable it is to have friends for commuting and carpooling)!

Thank you!

Bloomingdale School Mixer at Boundary Stone -- Sunday, 01-31-2016

See this message posted at the Bloomingdale Kids list at Yahoogroups:

Mark your calendars: Jan 31st - Bloomingdale School Mixer at Boundary Stone
Hi everyone, hope everything's getting back to normal for you after the big snow! Just a reminder that we're on for this Sunday at Boundary Stone from 4 pm - 6pm to talk schools at the Bloomingdale School Mixer!

We've got parents with kids at:

- All of the area DCPS schools (Langley, Cleveland, Seaton, Garrison, School without Walls at Francis-Stevens);

- A good number of public charters (Inspired Teaching, Mundo Verde, EL Haynes) and;

- Some private school options (St. Peter's Catholic School, Christian Family Montessori).

If you'd like to join us, please do fill out this short survey (click HERE).

so we can give somewhat accurate numbers to our host, Boundary Stone.

Feel free to treat it as an opportunity to hang out for an afternoon beer even if you don't feel like talking about schools anymore ;)


WaPo article on Boundary Stone: "This D.C. bar had its best weekend ever thanks to the blizzard"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article on Boundary Stone:


The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch, Volume 2, Issue 5 -- from Bloomingdale resident Chuck Donalies

From: Chuck Donalies, CFP®
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 9:00 AM
Subject: The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch, Volume 2, Issue 5

The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch
Personal Finance, News, Ideas, and Things I Find Interesting

Volume 2, Issue 5
January 29, 2016

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The Pendulum Swings

Two articles this week, one in The Wall Street Journal and one in Fortune magazine, highlight investors increasing preference for index funds rather than actively managed funds. Why the shift? Because investors are questioning the ability of fund managers to consistently beat the market.

Active Versus Passive
Let's begin with brief explanations of active and passive investments:

Active investments, such as mutual funds and hedge funds, are run by a manager and a team of analysts. The team analyzes companies, bonds, etc. and invests with the goal of providing better returns than the market.

Passive investments, also known as index funds, are pegged to an index, such as the S&P 500, and try to match its performance.

A Difference in Fees

The passive approach is less expensive for a variety of reasons, but primarily because there's less overhead needed to pick stocks in an attempt to beat the market. Actively managed investments have to pay for managers, analysts, admin staff, and marketing costs.

Here's an example to better illustrate the pricing differences. You've probably heard of the S&P 500 Index, so we'll compare funds in this category.
  • Active: T. Rowe Price US Large-Cap Core (TRULX) = 1.15%
  • Passive: Vanguard 500 Index Admiral (VFIAX) = 0.05%
That's a difference of 1.10%! Think about how an extra 1.10% could affect your portfolio if compounded over many years. Hint: You'd have more money.

The Obvious Question

Do actively managed funds produce greater long-term returns for investors?

This question has been debated for years. Numerous studies have shown the average active manager underperforms the passive benchmark after fees. The key word here is average. There will always be managers who are above average. Think Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Carl Icahn, or George Soros. But how do you know if the manager you've selected is above average?

Mutual and hedge fund managers often point out that there are periods when one method is superior to the other. (Above average) managers often perform better during bear markets, while passive investments tend to perform better during bull markets. Again, how do you know if the manager you've selected is above average?

Key Takeaway
If the markets continue to decline I'm positive we'll read about active managers beating the markets. If that happens, we'll probably see cash flow from index funds back to actively-managed funds. However, don't be quick to jump on the bandwagon without understanding the impact on your long-term investment goals. Refer to your financial plan before you make any changes.

And remember, it's impossible for any investor to consistently beat the market. Even Warren Buffett has bad days.


Index funds are increasingly popular among investors.

Donald Trump vs. the Index Fund

While I'm on the topic of index funds, I'll take this opportunity to point out an interesting article that's been circulating since last summer. Someone went to the trouble of calculating how much Donald Trump would be worth if he had parked his inheritance in an index fund rather than invest in his many businesses.

There's no easy way to verify this, but Trump claims his net worth is $10 billion (Forbes estimates "only" $4.1 billion). For the sake of argument, we'll use Trump's number. The article suggests Trump's net worth would be $20 billion today if he had invested his inheritance in an index fund.

I guess we can say this is one investment 'The Donald can't trump'. I'll be here all week folks!

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ANC 5E04 community update for Jan 2016

From ANC 5E04 Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney:

ANC 5E04 January 2016 Community Update

"Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04)" <5e04 anc.dc.go="">: Jan 29 12:14AM

Eckington Community,  

For your information attached is the ANC 5E04 January 2016 Community Update.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

MPD: Arrest Made in Robbery of Establishment (Gun): 2500 Block of North Capitol Street NE

Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:44 PM To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: [MPD-5D] Arrest Made in Robbery of Establishment (Gun): 2500 Block of North Capitol Street, Northeast

Public Information Office: 202-727-4383

January 28, 2016

Arrest Made in Robbery of Establishment (Gun):
2500 Block of North Capitol Street, Northeast
(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Fifth District have announced an arrest has been made in a Robbery of an Establishment (Gun) offense which occurred in the 2500 block of North Capitol Street, Northeast, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm.

Two employees of an establishment were approached by three suspects.  Suspect one, armed with a gun, informed both victims to get on the ground as two other suspects removed cash from the register.  The employees were also robbed of their cash and other personal items.

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, pursuant to a D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant, 22-year-old Jonathan M. Horne, of Southeast, DC, was arrested.  He was charged with Robbery While Armed.

This case remains under investigation.  Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an Armed Robbery committed in the District of Columbia.                        


Harmony Public Charter School seeks judges for its Wednesday, 02-10-2016, Science and Engineering Fair

Harmony PCS is located at 62 T St NE in Eckington.

From: Evren Culha []
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:08 PM
Subject: Harmony DC Science and Engineering Fair Seeking Judges


Harmony DC Public Charter School is a STEM focused elementary school in Washington, DC. As a part of our curriculum, all students from Kindergarten through 5th grade work on a science fair project and present it to their peers, teachers, parents, and the community at the Harmony Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF).

We are seeking STEM professionals to serve as judges at HSEF. This gives students an excellent opportunity to interact with college professors, graduate-undergraduate students, and other scientists, and to learn from them.
HSEF will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 – Judge registration, breakfast, and presentation
9:00 – 11:30 – Project judging
11:30 – Lunch
Judges are welcomed to stay for public view and award ceremony.
12:30 – Public view
1:00 – Award ceremony

If you want to be part of this exciting event, please follow the link below for registration. If you are not available but know someone who might be interested in, please feel free to forward this email. Judges will be provided a certificate of appreciation.
Thank you and have a great day.

Registration Link:

Evren Culha
Assistant Principal/STEM Coordinator
Harmony DC Public Charter Schools